Fresh Findings Friday: Grace(ful) Plate Has Launched!

This week, my endlessly talented girlfriend launched her new food blog called Grace(full) Plate. She’s been so excited about this new project and I couldn’t be more happy for her. She’ll be posting all sorts of restaurant reviews, recipes and food stories, so come check it out and get hungry!

The Centered Yogini is Me

Last week, after much planning, hesitation, procrastination and excuse making, I tried yoga for the first time.

I decided to try yoga for several reasons:

  1. My girlfriend and pretty much all of her friends do yoga regularly. If they’re not actually doing yoga poses, they’re talking about yoga poses. I can’t escape it and I hate feeling left out!
  2. I bought a few personal training sessions which left me enlightened to some awesome new exercises as well as some residual soreness and a general awareness of how much inflexibility was a liability in day-to-day life.
  3. I joined a local gym that most of my friends have a subscription to. It’s clean, inexpensive and easy to get to. Plus, there are free yoga classes there included in the monthly fee, so why not try it?

My post-yoga conclusions is that I wish I started doing yoga a long time ago. It cleared my head, was physically challenging in ways I haven’t pushed myself before (reminiscent of sweat pools post Muay Thai workouts) and it’s helping me get more aware of my core and release tension and tightness that I had learned to live with before.

Why should you try yoga? All of the above plus a litany of your own reasons exist of why yoga could work for you. I’ve read tons of posts about why yoga is so amazing, yet it took me a while to get on the bandwagon. It’s not easy, but if you come in with an open mind, your yoga matt should prove to be one of the best investments you’ve ever made for your body and mind.

My New Job At BlipSnips.com

There were some damn good times as a freelancer, but cheers to being back in the work-force ūüėČ

As of this past Friday, I am a full-time part of the BlipSnips.com team. Hired as their Community Manager, I’ll be spending lots of time talking with people who like producing video and watching videos to see what they like about easily sharing video with their social networks and even being able to grow their networks and businesses with BlipSnips.

I could go on and on about this new opportunity that I was afforded, but I’ll keep it simple… I had a chance to work on a game changing product with two of the smartest people I’ve ever met. They get me pumped, I want to kick a whole lot of ass for them. Enough said.

I’ve got my lunch pale and¬†thermos¬†ready for tomorrow. Time for ass kicking and name taking.

Fresh Findings Friday Introducing The Boulder-Denver Community Manager Meetup

This past Wednesday  marked the first of the Boulder-Denver Community Manager Meetups which took place at The Cup on Pearl Street. It was an idea that was introduced to me via Chris Vieville by way of Cali Harris.

After a few meetings between Chris, Cali and I, we realized that having a meetup around the profession of Community Management would be something that many people could benefit from. Despite comments that the job has been around for a long time, in reality, growing businesses through Twitter and Facebook-like social networks is not that old of a profession really. I’d say 3-4 years at most.

Either way, the Boulder-Denver Community Manager Meetup is not a gathering of gurus. No gurus allowed actually ūüėČ ¬†More like, we want people to come talk about what their interests are about Community Management, their struggles performing in or acquiring a Community Management job and general ideas about how we can all be better businesspeople and marketers.

Oh, and we’ll have some fun events at fun locations too (beers, snacks, non-profit events anyone?)

So, cheers to Chris and Cali for approaching me and making this event happen and thank you so much to everyone who came and is interested in coming in the future!

**UPDATE** for now, we’re going to have the Facebook page as where we’ll update. We may be starting a blog or something else for information, but come “Like” us on Facebook now for updates on future events and happenings!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boulder-Denver-Community-Manager-Meetup/135351839850117

When’s The Last Time You Wrote A Letter To Yourself Or Anyone Else?

Revisiting some material from the Rhymesayers roster since the news of Eyedea’s passing away surfaced, I found myself listening to the song “Little Man” by Atmosphere embedded below. It got me thinking, have you ever written yourself a letter? Have you ever written someone a letter knowing they’d never read it?

I’ve written people letters knowing they’d never read them. It’s a freeing act of screaming at the sky that has more of an effect of satisfying release than it does in any sort of concept surrounding resolution.

As for writing a letter to myself, I’d be careful about that. I’ve always felt superstitious to advising or lecturing myself. If I propose changed action based off of a recent¬†occurrence, I figure I may not follow my own advice. If I don’t follow my own advice when I know it’s good for me, I become accustomed to being self-defiant.

But, maybe I need to hear the truth from the source? Maybe I should grab a notebook and pen and address the correspondence to yours truly. What about you?

Rest in Peace Michael “Eyedea” Larsen

Yesterday I got word that one of my favorite underground MC’s, Eyedea, had passed away from unknown causes. His mother has created a memorial page on Facebook asking for donations to take care of the funeral, burial and other related costs and also that the family’s privacy be respected.

Eyedea and his projects never benefited from the labels that people decided to place. His lyrics and subject matter really defy most concepts of what modern music consists of. Heavy, emotional, sometimes dark subject matter matched with an ability to string words like a graphitti artists sprays paint are what seperated Eyedea from the rest of the flock. Unfortunately, the oppression of his own views and internal struggles separated him more than anything else it seems.

Rest in Peace Eyedea. To all fans of hip hop, if you loved Eyedea, play his music, remember his message. To everyone who hasn’t heard him yet, here are a few selections for you to listen to and watch.

This past Monday night I got back from…

This past Monday night I got back from a 6 day trip to Chicago with my girlfriend and her family to get their dual citizenship squared away, passports in hand and then go to her cousin’s wedding. My friend Jenn and her husband Mark were gracious to put us up and it was a blast.

I met Jenn during my time at Brazen Careerist. She always posted amazing¬†recipes and talked about her social media and marketing work with the American Cancer Society. I made the drive from Madison to Chicago several times to stay in Jenn and Mark’s extra bedroom, enjoy Chicago and Jenn’s wonderful food.

Jenn has Coeliac Disease and it has forced and helped her to develop a whole new lifestyle around gluten free food and cooking. It’s changed her life for the better and has inspired so many of my own new (gradual) habits of eating better and living an active lifestyle. She even got me to try the Couchto5k running program!

Plus it must be said, for all of you peeps who are in love with bread and all types of gluten-stuffs (I may be among your ranks at times), you’d never miss anything with wheat while eating/making Jenn’s¬†recipes. The food is full flavored, healthy and without pesticides and un-natural preservatives.

So without further adue, here are my top 3 favorite recipes on Jenn’s blog. Check them out, let her know what you think and if you cook any of them, let me know too!

Spicy Butter Nut Squash Tacos with¬†Caramelized¬†Onions -Jenn made this the first night we stayed with her… all I can say is DEAR GOD THESE ARE DELICIOUS!!! Make them NOW!!!

Bacon Egg Slurry – This recipe tastes a lot better than the title suggests. After getting laid off in February and being on the public dole, I was looking for CHEAP and healthy eats. This is it and it is so damn delicious. I love cabbage and with brown rice and bacon (I think you can modify it to be¬†vegetarian)¬†you’ve¬†got a¬†really¬†nice meal.

Baked Oatmeal With Tart Cherries – Jenn had a bunch of tupperware containers with chunks of this baked oatmeal goodness in it, so I ate a couple while staying at her place. It’s chewy, filling and you can put even more cool stuff in there like apples, pears, peaches or whatever. So easy and¬†versatile!

There’s More Time, Somewhere

I read this quote on Twitter this morning and it made me think:

“Interesting fact: This October has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays – all in 1 month. It happens once in 823 years.”

When I was young and in school, I used to loathe long months. Longer months meant more days sitting in class, pretending I was interested, being bored, wanting to do something else. February was my favorite month because it was the shortest and was getting closer to Summer break when I could do whatever I wanted for the most part.

When I graduated college, I had a couple jobs that sucked (not to say I didn’t learn a lot at them). I used to love when days would pass by fast. I’d make myself busy with multi-tasking not to be more useful, but to distract myself from the situation I didn’t care to be in.

Things have changed.

When I decided to follow the path I wanted to go down, rather than the ones that were easiest and presented to me, the struggle of gaining balance and my orientation was the discomfort, but a good discomfort. Longer days and longer weeks and longer months were just larger amounts of time for me to explore my new points of joy and interest. I look at the longer spans of time as an opportunity to spend more time with the people I love, go on trips with my girlfriend, cook good food for myself and make time to go to the gym and stay active.

I love having more time now. The more time the better. When you’re not bored and things feel new or challenged, time is like a good meal that is meant to be savored.

Find some time for yourself and the things or people you love.

Would You Write A Cover Letter Like Hunter S. Thompson?

Sometimes I get plenty pissed off at the prospect of sending out resumes and cover letters to companies that likely won’t review my information more than once. It’s a pride thing… I know… But last Friday I saw this article on BoingBoing about Hunter S. Thompson applying to the Vancouver Sun and it absolutely fired me up and reminded me why it’s okay to be a Brazen Careerist, no matter what your credentials or background.

Would you ever write a cover letter like this? What do you think?

Check out the full article here: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/10/05/hunter-s-thompsons-1.html

Fresh Findings Friday: New Cassettes Won’t Listen Mixtape

Cassettes Won’t Listen is a dude, not a group, who makes some really nice music. I’ve heard their stuff through some¬†independent¬†hip-hop artists and publications that I really respect over the past couple years. They just put out a new mixtape called “The Stupid Rifle Mixtape” under the name “Dfalt” and it’s tight. I’m glad I’ve been able to share a bit of good music on here lately. Check it out! (Be sure not to sleep on this link. Cassettes Won’t Listen tend to take their mixtapes down after a little while).

Click here for the download page link: http://www.dfalt.com/

Click here for the intro page on the Definitive Jux site: http://definitivejux.net/news/1687

Here’s a sample of some one Cassettes Won’t Listen from one of his past albums. The song is called “Freeze and Explode.”